London Fire Brigade

Massey Shaw open day success

11 June 2015

Lambeth River Fire Station hosted the Massey Shaw open day last weekend.

The event, a double celebration of Massey Shaw's history, was organised in conjunction with the Massey Shaw and Marine Vessels Preservation Society and commemorated 80 years of the Massey Shaw being commissioned and 75 years since Operation Dynamo, where the boat assisted in the rescue of British troops form the beaches of Dunkirk.

Around 50 retired members and their families visited the station to relive old memories and share their stories. Many of those that attended served on the Massey Shaw and the boats successor, the Phoenix.

Fire Cadet's fundraising

The event was also attended by the Fire Cadets, who presented a £1,000 cheque to the Massey Shaw Society.

Their week long fundraising included the Fire Cadets shaking buckets outside their local fire stations, a cake sale and a row-a-thon at the Brigade headquarters, which covered the distance from Ramsgate to Dunkirk. 

Station Manager Darren Tulley said: "It was a fantastic day for all those involved and was great to see the old Fireboat alongside her modern counterpart."